The Worldwide Ferry Safety Association will present a 3D printed ship


Posted on 16 May 2022 15:03 by

The Maritime Executive







The 3D printed ship


Ships made in a 3D printer, rather than in a shipyard, will be showcased at a Worldwide Ferry Safety Association (WFSA) event. The virtual gathering, Innovations in Ferry Design and Vessel Construction, will be held in conjunction with the annual WFSA Student Design Competition Awards, now in its ninth year, to be held on May 18, 2022.


Keynote speaker Dr. Habib Dagher, University of Maine, Advanced Structures and Composites Sector, will talk about the Center’s design and construction of the world’s largest 3D printed ships. In 2019, the Center 3D-printed a 25-foot, 5,000-pound bio-based ship, garnering three Guinness Book of Records (the world’s largest polymer 3D printer prototype, largest 3D-printed solid object, and largest large 3D printed boat). A video of the ship can be seen at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9U1UbMmNywA


The Center has a proven track record of efficient and inventive manufacturing in power generation, infrastructure and transportation. In a more recent project, starting in February 2022, the Composites Center made two prototype ships for the US Marines. A ship is capable of carrying two twenty-foot containers; the other can carry a squad of riflemen with three days’ supply. The containers can be made quickly and can be linked together. New ships are not allowed to be photographed, but a trade press article, available at https://3dprintingindustry.com/news/umaine-3d-prints-two-new-large-boats-for-us-marines – breaking-previous-world-record-205260/ describes this effort in great detail. At the May 18 event, Dr. Dagher will answer questions previously submitted by attendees.


The 9th Annual Student Design Competition for Safe and Affordable Ferry is for a RoPax ferry for the Brahmaputra River in Assam, India. The Brahmaputra is one of the largest rivers in the world in terms of watershed. Its challenges include a high degree of sedimentation and a large seasonal variation in the height and width of the river. Twenty-two teams of students from Asia, Europe and North America entered the competition and twelve projects were submitted. This year’s competition is expected to be fierce with many teams from schools that had been victorious in previous competitions. Teams of award-winning students will describe their ships and answer questions.


This year’s event is being held virtually, and the link to (free) registration can be found at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/innovations-in-ferry-design-and-vessel-construction- tickets 319995764947?aff=ebdssbonlinesearch .


For more information contact Dr. Roberta Weisbrod, Executive Director of the Worldwide Ferry Safety Association, [email protected]



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Andrew B. Reiter